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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Stupid Party, Once Again

As a North Carolinian, I'm happy to see that all state problems for now and forever more. That is the only conclusion I can draw by this proposed bill to allow the state and local governments to establish religions and to refuse to recognize federal court rulings stretching back to 1946 incorporating the Establish Clause to the states. It's idiotic and unconstitutional, but that didn't stop eleven NC House Republicans including the Majority Leader from signing on to this bill.
SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.
Even if such a bill weren't clearly unconstitutional, what would be the point. Is it that important to open up county commission meetings with a prayer? If they truly feel the need for divine help before county commissioners or the state assembly can begin, why don't they just utter their own private prayers? No one can object to that. But no. They have to go ahead and defy federal rulings by giving a Christian prayer.

Republicans have been celebrating the Republican takeover of state government in North Carolina. This is the party's opportunity to demonstrate how Republican governance can be superior to the formerly all Democratic government. But now they pull this stupid stuff that rightly makes them a laughing stock throughout the country. As a Republican who has voted for years to elect Republicans in this state, it's very discouraging to see that so many of them are just not ready for prime time.


Locomotive Breath said...

The problem is that the ACLU is suing to prevent this longstanding practice as "establishment of religion".

Meanwhile Congress starts with a prayer offered by a Federally funded Chaplin and it's been upheld by the the Supreme Court as NOT "establishment of religion".

This bill is simply seeking to establish the very same thing at the state and local level and forestall the continuing series of ACLU lawsuits. Given the precedent at the Federal level how could that possibly be unConstitutional?

I personally think it's an outdated practice and that politicians who pray in public stand a significant chance of being struck dead by lightning.

Last, First, MI said...

Amen. (We can only pray)